Guidelines and Eligibility

Guidelines and Eligibility

Hip Pop artists St. Paul 2017


Participation Guidelines

  • Artists who have previously shown in standard booths with ACC will not be permitted to participate in Hip Pop. Past participants in School-to-Market and AltCraft are eligible for Hip Pop.
  • Artists working in all media (basketry, ceramics, clothing and accessories, decorative fiber, furniture and lighting, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone, toys and puzzles, and wood) are encouraged to apply. Please review the "eligibility of work" section below to ensure your work meets the criteria for exhibition at ACC shows.
  • Artists may participate in the Hip Pop program for up to three years. Acceptance to years two and three is automatic, pending on-site review.
  • After three years, artists are eligible for automatic acceptance to exhibit in a standard show booth with a two-year contract, pending on-site review. Standard booth fees apply. Booth sharing will be allowed for these two years. After the two-year contract has been completed, artists must jury into the ACC shows through the regular application process.
  • Artists are not required to participate in Hip Pop for three years before electing to move to a standard show booth. Artists interested in a standard booth after two years of Hip Pop participation should contact Lindsay Noble, Hip Pop program manager, to discuss options. Admission to the show is not automatic until three years have been completed.
Hip Pop artists in booths

Eligibility of Work

What is eligible?

  • Three-dimensional, handmade craft made in the United States or Canada
  • Small studio production work under the direct supervision of the applicant is acceptable. The American Craft Council reserves the right to require authentication of the production process as needed and at any time during the application and exhibition process.

What is not eligible?

  • Commercially manufactured art
  • Works assembled (wholly or in part) from commercially available kits are not permitted in American Craft Council shows. Such items, exhibits, and/or exhibitors may be removed from the show without prior notification and/or refund of booth fee. 
  • Two-dimensional art such as paintings, prints, or photographs
  • Mixed media that uses paint and canvas as its primary medium
  • Screen-printed material
  • Etchings, web- or sheet-fed offset printed matter
  • Works that incorporate materials acquired from the killing of endangered species
  • Elephant ivory (this includes fossilized ivory)
  • Dried or silk flower arrangements
  • Bonsai
  • Embellished commercially-made objects (e.g., T-shirts, notecards, etc.)
  • The Council’s decision is final with regard to acceptability of exhibitors’ work.